No, some AmeriCorps programs have an age cut-off, but with our AmeriCorps program you just need to be 18 years-old by the start date.
It’s not required to have a college degree, just a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
The AmeriCorps stipend is allocated out just like a normal bi-weekly pay check and distributed to our members through direct deposit. Taxes are taken out as normal.
Not exactly. When you complete your term and have met all the requirements the federal agency that manages AmeriCorps has your name on file with your Federal Education Award amount owed to you. If you want to claim in, you just fill out a simple form and that agency will transfer the funds to an academic institution or qualified student loan holder on your behalf.
No. Some programs, particularly the NCCC AmeriCorps program, do offer housing as part of the service, but the CA Red Cross AmeriCorps programs do not.
Yes. There is an exception to the law that allows AmeriCorps members to receive food stamps. They do have to show proof of residency and proof of being enrolled in the program, which the program manager can issue a personal letter for the members to show to Dept. of Social Services.
No. Where most people have insurance premium payments taken from their paycheck, the American Red Cross pays for that on behalf of our AmeriCorps members. However, the insurance coverage with the AmeriCorps program is much different from what our full-time staff are offered. Our AmeriCorps health plan is very basic and only covers the “minimum essential coverage” outlined in the Affordable Care Act.
Absolutely. Many AmeriCorps choose to decline the health care we offer, the only caveat is you must provide proof you are covered on another plan (also a component of the Affordable Care Act).
Yes and No. Members mostly work within their specific Red Cross regions, and only travel across the local communities for presentations, events, and disaster services. During the term however, AmeriCorps members may be called on to deploy to larger disaster responses outside their region depending on their position.
Yes, we offer that, however most of the time the Red Cross provides a chapter vehicle for the AmeriCorps team to take to events, presentations and disaster calls.
Definitely. Before members can be considered for national deployment, however, they must complete the necessary Red Cross trainings on mass care roles such as sheltering, client casework, etc. Members must also connect with their supervisor and Program Manager to ensure local and state disaster needs are being met first.
In 2012, 20 of the 24 California Safe Corps members were deployed to New York and New Jersey after Sandy.
No. The Red Cross will arrange travel and lodging, and if deployed you will receive additional per diem to pay for meals.
You can keep the stipend allocated to you up to that point, but you won’t receive any of the Federal Education Award. It will also be noted on your AmeriCorps profile and might prevent you from applying to future programs.
Yes, there’s a clause in the Program Agreement that covers “Personal Compelling Circumstances” that outline situations that the member has to leave the program due to circumstances outside of their control, such as a serious injury, severe illness, death in the family, spouse relocated, military service, etc. In these situations the member receives a pro-rated amount of their Federal Education Award. So if the member has completed 1400 of the 1700 service hours (82%) then they’ll receive that portion of their Award.
Yes they do, all federal holidays and they can take PTO and sick time. The only contingent is that they be on track to achieve the “1700 service hours.”
The Red Cross has hired AmeriCorps members after their term of service to join the staff, but it is not very common. AmeriCorps is not seen as a job training program and any individual seeking to join AmeriCorps to help land them a job at the Red Cross would be making a misjudgment about the program and its mission.
Yes, however the AmeriCorps program should be considered a top priority. In the past, members who attended school during their service term have found the scheduling incredibly challenging, especially with local and national disaster responses.
Yes, but as the previous answer points out the program must be a top priority. It’s very common for AmeriCorps members to have part-time jobs involving shifts so that they work around the time requirements of the program. However the Red Cross AmeriCorps roles are considered a full-time, first-priority positions.